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October 22, 2012

Rita Goes National

by at 2:50 pm.

And she goes like a pro. Right onto the front page of one of the most trafficked liberal blogs in the country, Daily Kos, in a post by Joan McCarter.

Heckava job, Rita!

This rationale for Scott Brown as a woman-friendly candidate is just nausea-inducing.

At his event, Brown was bolstered by the former mayor of Lowell, Rita Mercier, who pointed to Brown’s wife and daughters as evidence of his support for women, calling them “three adorable good woman that are strong and vibrant and independent. You don’t get that way unless you have a strong man that allowed you to blossom.

[bold is Joan’s.]

Local level city politicians rarely get in the news like this, so you know it’s pretty special. Usually it’s at least a state Rep doing or saying something stupid that goes viral.

I would like to point out that calling Brown’s wife and daughters “adorable” is also kinda weird and condescending.

18 Responses to “Rita Goes National”

  1. Prince Charming Says:

    If I ever told my wife and daughter that I allow them to blossom the only thing that would blossom would be my nose.

  2. Brian Flaherty Says:

    I don’t think she meant “allow” in the sense that he granted permission. Another example of the left taking something and completely twisting it around (i.e. binders full of women).

  3. Lola Says:

    Brian~You haven’t been listening to condescending cracks like that for your whole life. Don’t try to interpret it as harmless unless you know firsthand. And don’t tell me that if a woman says it, it’s okay. It’s not.

  4. Prince Charming Says:

    Lola - it’s the right’s way of letting you know that you suck.

  5. Lynne Says:

    Let’s face facts here…would Rita say something in a way that she didn’t mean? Of course, she’s often putting her foot in it. But she’s also from a whole ‘nother generation, and they really do sometimes see things like this.

    Is Rita anti-women? No, of course not, and she’s proud of her long service on the Council I am certain. But that doesn’t mean that she rejects the phrase “without a man around” the way us younger women do.

    She also doesn’t govern from the Council as a woman, you could definitely say she’s more coming from a perspective of a GOB than from that of a feminist female. She doesn’t come at her policy looking for ways to advance equality. Some of that is that a local City Council doesn’t get to address that as often, but some of that is just…generational. No judgement on that, but it was a pretty dumb thing to say and a pretty dumb way of saying it, and it’s totally fair game.

    Like I said, I think the use of the word “adorable” is as ugly as the “strong man that allowed” comment.

  6. Jack Says:

    I think Rita had a “Biden moment.” ;v)

  7. Lynne Says:

    You mean, saying something she meant but in the gaffiest way possible?

  8. George DeLuca Says:

    My 2 cents, taking the left/right context out of it:

    “… allowed you to blossom.” to me means “… nurtured you along.” as any loving father would.

    When you’re public speaking, you string words together as best you can. Rita’s delivery is best served spontaneously. Her comment here is quite charming as usual (think Yogi Berra). One thing I admire about Rita is that she can express herself from the heart without rehearsal or preconceiving. It comes in handy at City Council meetings when she uses her talents and inborn abilities to diffuse situations that could turn volatile.

    Her age is beside the point, perhaps what your sensing her extraordinary maturity level of a woman who’s lived a hard scrabble life. In reality, she’s quite progressive. I’ve seen her address crowds outside of Lowell, and if you’re a “Lowellian” fly on the wall, she’ll make you proud. She can really light up a room and make people feel good about themselves and each other.

  9. George DeLuca Says:

    A case in point would be a Merrimack Valley Chamber Breakfast attended by State Senators & Reps, Chamber execs, Mayors of the region, and City and Town Managers. Rita was Mayor of Lowell at the time. There were about 400 people in the room, and most of the speaking was completed. When it was Rita’s turn to speak, she talked about Lowell’s progress and you could feel a “sense of hope” fill up the room. At the same time, she had everyone in stitches (including me), I mean rip roaring laughter. I was really proud of her.

  10. George DeLuca Says:

    “She also doesn’t govern from the Council as a woman, you could definitely say she’s more coming from a perspective of a GOB than from that of a feminist female. She doesn’t come at her policy looking for ways to advance equality.”

    Ouch …

    Rita’s not an in your face feminist, but she’s a strong progressive woman of Lowell who works hard behind the scenes. I know who the GOBs are in Lowell, and Rita isn’t among them. As for advancing equality, Rita works with immigrants in ways you won’t see unless you yourself take the initiative in progressing equal rights in Lowell face to face. If you truly do, you’ll see Rita in your travels. She understands Lowell’s history more than anyone who reads this blog, especially from a human standpoint. Listen to her speak at flag raisings and ethnic events and cultural celebrations. Rita knew immigrant mill workers and understands the hard times they faced, so she’s able to apply her knowledge and experience in helping the first, second and third generation immigrants of today. She’s also experienced of the joy of many who have led these lives, and is always around to lend encouragement and join those who wish to celebrate their heritage here in Lowell.

    Yes she can be hard nosed in her politics and she’ll stand up to anyone. But she picks her battles, and is an accomplished City Councilor and ambassador for Lowell. She doesn’t have to build a legacy. Her legacy follows her where ever she goes, as is evident at the polls. She has admirers all over the world, as well as in Lowell, and hopefully she’ll choose to serve the City for many years to come.

  11. Jack Says:

    “She understands Lowell’s history more than anyone who reads this blog,”

    *deep exhale,shakes head*

  12. George DeLuca Says:

    “She understands Lowell’s history more than anyone who reads this blog, especially from a human standpoint.”

    So what’s your question … and Jack, what’s with the old chat room crap?

  13. Jack Says:

    I don’t have a question, George. I was highlighting how over the top and out of touch you are. You’ll make a fine blogger.

    As far as, *deep exhale,shakes head*. You would be well served to limit your grandiose condescension to me, alone. Should you opt to make broad, dismissive assertions about LiL’s lurkers and commentors; you’ll find you visitations here challenging.

    Don’t crap on our folks, in an ad hominem fashion. Want to take someone on, head to head? Blog on. Want to shit on this forum? Be gone.

  14. Lynne Says:

    She understands a certain perspective on the history of Lowell…and what she believes should be acceptable…she has no corner on truth just because she’s been around a long time. In fact, that means she’s more likely to be in a bubble, not less.

    “Old chat room crap” - come on, George, you’re better than that.

    And she is NOT a feminist, not in the definition of the word that is accepted by most people. And if she’s such a laudable progressive, then why the frelling heck did she endorse Brown, who is the OPPOSITE of such?? I mean, if she wants to be taken seriously as a progressive…that was a huge #FAIL.

    Brown cosponsored the Blunt amendment! If governing or being an activist from a women’s point of view was so important to her, that would have been a deal killer. It is for every single equality activist I know.

    She’s not, she’s of a different generation - and that’s fine, I don’t judge her for that - but let’s be clear…she is no feminist, just because she is a woman on a governing body. (And…who used to write her material? Just sayin. Yeah, I can play rough too - I wasn’t going to go there but…)

  15. George DeLuca Says:

    {{{Lynne}}} One good thing about blogging is that you don’t have to interpret what you write. I don’t have anything to add to #8-10 on this discussion, and I appreciate the opportunity to present another point of view in your forum. Generally, I think you and I agree at least as much as we disagree.

    Jack, looking forward to some live “chat” this Saturday on Warren Shaws show at 8am on 980WCAP. Do you think Mike Hayden will call in?

  16. Jack Says:

    Live and lively! It’s all good.

  17. joe from Lowell Says:

    Another example of the left taking something and completely twisting it around (i.e. binders full of women).

    Boo hoo hoo, Brian. John Kerry called. He says your comment doesn’t pass the international test.

  18. joe from Lowell Says:

    would Rita say something in a way that she didn’t mean?

    Oh, hells yes!

    Jack Says:
    October 23rd, 2012 at 11:55 am
    I think Rita had a “Biden moment.” ;v)
    Lynne Says:
    October 23rd, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    You mean, saying something she meant but in the gaffiest way possible?

    Biden 2016: Stand up, America!

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